BT Encourages companies to look at car sharing
Businesses are being encouraged to implement car sharing schemes for their staff after BT revealed that its own scheme had proved a hit with staff, with more than 1,000 people already registered and reaping the environmental benefits.
In December 2005, BT teamed up with car sharing pioneers Liftshare to develop a scheme for its 90,000-strong UK-based workforce. The Liftshare matching service puts BT people travelling in the same direction, or to a similar destination, in contact with each other so they can arrange to travel together and share the costs.
Simon Paul, BT Group environment manager, said: "Sharing travel by car to and from work, or to meetings and business events, has already helped BT people make a contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and other related environmental impacts, as well as substantially reducing the cost of their motoring.
"The success of BT's car-sharing scheme has shown that there is great scope for UK companies of all sizes to implement their own - a win for the environment and a great way of saving money for passengers and drivers alike. If just half of UK motorists received a lift one day a week, congestion and pollution would be reduced by ten per cent."
With the average cost of maintaining parking spaces costing in the region of Â£2,000 per space per year employers can make real savings by implementing a car share scheme and reducing the amount of car parking spaces needed by employees. Car sharing also enables employers to increase their recruitment catchment areas and can form a vital component in Business Continuity planning.
With National Liftshare Day - 14th June, fast approaching there is no better time to for organisations to look into establishing their own car share schemes. Any company keen to find out more about the benefits of establishing a car-share scheme should contact Liftshare on 01953 451166 or visit www.Liftsharesolutions.com
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